St. Innocent Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
St. Innocent Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label

St. Innocent Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011

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Winemaker Notes

The 2011 Shea has intense, dark aromas of red and black fruits, dark flowers, anise and layered spices. Dense mixed berry fruits, spices and dried flowers layer the palate with broad, rich tannin and solid acidity. It is clearly the most complex and dimensional wine I produced. The level of richness, acidity and dense tannin structure will allow it to evolve over two decades.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard was reviewed by David Schildknecht in his previous report, so it was interesting to compare our observations. I broadly agree with his sentiment, although I wager that it has improved a little since then, the brown spice component developing nicely on the nose, while the palate has plenty of sappy red berries and a succinct poise on the finish. Drink this over the next 4-5 years.
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Wine Spectator
Light in weight, with a moderate tannic grip to the black cherry and black tea flavors, lingering nicely. The tannins actually need time to soften. Best from 2014 through 2018.
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St. Innocent Winery, Oregon
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St. Innocent Winery was founded in May 1988 by Mark Vlossak, the current winemaker and president, and eight investors. Ten tons of grapes were crushed the first fall, producing 396 cases of still and 176 cases of sparkling wine. Production increased to our full capacity of 6800 cases in 2004. The winery is located in Salem, Oregon, at the southeast corner of the Eola Hills, in the mid-Willamette valley.

St. Innocent produces small lot, handmade wines: seven single vineyard Pinot noirs and a blended Pinot noir called the Villages Cuvée, two Chardonnay from Dijon clone plantings, two Pinot gris, and a Pinot blanc.

The philosophy behind the winemaking at St Innocent is that the function of wine is to complement and extend the pleasure of a meal. The characteristics of a wine should enhance different food and flavor combinations - this interaction amplifies the pleasure of a meal. To this end, St. Innocent wines tend toward higher acid levels, and more diverse and balanced flavors.

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Yamhill-Carlton, characterized by pastoral, rolling hills composed of shallow, quick-draining, ancient marine soil, is ideal for Pinot noir and other cool-climate-loving varieties. It is in the rain shadow of the Coast Range to its west, whose highest point climbs to an altitude of 3,500 feet. Yamhill-Carlton is actually surrounded by mountains on three sides: Chehalem Mountains to the north, the Dundee Hills to the east and the western Coast Range to its west, which, when it lets Pacific air through, serves to cool the region.

Vineyards grow on the ridges surrounding the two small communities of Yamhill and Carlton and cover about 1,200 acres of this 60,000 acre region, which roughly makes a horse-shoe shape on a map.

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